pa·​ra | \ ˈpär-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or para

Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : any of several monetary units of the Turkish Empire
b : a coin representing one para
2 [Serbian & Croatian, from Turkish] — see dinar at Money Table

Definition of para (Entry 2 of 6)


variants: or par-

Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : beside : alongside of : beyond : aside from parathyroid parenteral
2a : closely related to paraldehyde
b : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene
3a : faulty : abnormal paresthesia
b : associated in a subsidiary or accessory capacity paramedical
c : closely resembling : almost paratyphoid

Definition of para- (Entry 4 of 6)

: parachute paratrooper
plural -paras or -parae

Definition of -para (Entry 5 of 6)

: woman delivered of (so many) children primipara


geographical name
Pa·​rá | \ pə-ˈrä How to pronounce Pará (audio) \

Definition of Pará (Entry 6 of 6)

1 river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in northern Brazil constituting the eastern mouth of the Amazon
2 state of northern Brazil on the Atlantic and south of the Amazon; capital Belém area 481,836 square miles (1,247,955 square kilometers), population 7,581,051
3 — see belém

Examples of para in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Athletes' Advisory Council group that wrote the letter included table tennis player Han Xiao, fencer Cody Mattern, bobsledder Bree Schaaf, track athlete Moushaumi Robinson, para-cycler Sam Kavanagh and rower Nick LaCava. Aria Gerson, USA TODAY, "'Athletes will no longer be silenced': Olympic, Paralympic athletes call for policy change," 27 June 2020 Mrs Xu, 62, said the chengguan, a para-police force that enforces urban rules, were more relaxed than in the past, letting her walk along a tourist drag in Suzhou with flashing glow-sticks for sale. The Economist, "Street life after covid-19 China turns to once-spurned hawkers to revive its virus-hit economy," 8 June 2020 VanArsdale’s own view of them is para-biological; not by accident is his treatise called Chain Letter Evolution. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "You’ve Got Chain E-Mail," 15 May 2020 Chev Chelios es un sicario que se dedica a asesinar a gente para la mafia. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 The para-transit driver who tested positive last worked on April 7, and started showing symptoms the following day, RTA reported. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Two more Greater Cleveland RTA employees test positive for coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 The order requires New Jersey Transit and all private carriers to cut the capacity on all trains, buses, light-rail vehicles and para-transit vehicles to 50% of their maximum, Murphy said. USA TODAY, "Lonely zoo animals, drive-by salutes, food truck helpers: News from around our 50 states," 14 Apr. 2020 Rocío Nahle ✔ @rocionahle México en el consenso para estabilizar el precio del petróleo en la reunión de la @OPECSecretariat ha propuesto una reducción de 100 mil barriles por día en los próximos 2 meses. NBC News, "Crucial deal to cut oil production hangs in the balance as Mexico balks," 10 Apr. 2020 Actualmente se llevan a cabo pruebas para restablecer el servicio a la brevedad posible. Katharina Rosskopf,, "Puerto Rico Hit by Another Magnitude 6 Earthquake," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of para


1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for para


Turkish, from Persian pāra, literally, piece, scrap


Greek, from para; akin to Greek pro before — more at for

Combining form

extracted from parachute entry 1

Noun combining form

Latin, from parere to give birth to — more at pare

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“Para.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of para-

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: beyond or outside of
: helping highly trained professionals by doing tasks that require less training

English Language Learners Definition of para- (Entry 2 of 2)

: parachute


\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \
plural paras or parae\ ˈpar-​ˌē How to pronounce parae (audio) \

Medical Definition of para

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a woman delivered of a specified number of children used in combination with a term or figure to indicate the numbermultiparaa 36-year-old para 5 — compare gravida
\ ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para (audio) \

Medical Definition of para (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : relating to, characterized by, or being two positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms
2 : of, relating to, or being a diatomic molecule (as of hydrogen) in which the nuclei of the atoms are spinning in opposite directions


\ ˌpar-ə, ˈpar-ə How to pronounce para- (audio) \
variants: or par-

Medical Definition of para- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : closely related to paraldehyde
2 : involving substitution at or characterized by two opposite positions in the benzene ring that are separated by two carbon atoms paradichlorobenzene abbreviation p- — compare meta- sense 2, orth- sense 2

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